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Poor little Lucy By some mischance, Lost her shoe As she did dance - 'Twas not on the stairs, Not in the hall; Not where they sat At supper at all. She looked in the garden, But there it was not; Henhouse, or kennel, Or high dovecote. Dairy and meadow, And wild woods through Showed not a trace Of Lucy's shoe. Bird nor bunny Nor glimmering moon Breathed a whisper Of where 'twas gone. It was cried and cried, Oyez and Oyez! In French, Dutch, Latin, And Portuguese. Ships the dark seas Went plunging through, But none brought news Of Lucy's shoe; And still she patters In silk and leather, O'er snow, sand, shingle, In every weather; Spain, and Africa, Hindustan, Java, China, And lamped Japan; Plain and desert, She hops-hops through, Pernambuco To gold Peru; Mountain and forest, And river too, All the world over For her lost shoe.
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- by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956), "The lost shoe", appears in Peacock Pie: A Book of Rhymes, in 2. Boys and Girls, no. 4, first published 1913 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "The lost shoe", 2006, from Pieces of Peacock Pie, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Anthony Francis Dominic Milner (b. 1925), "The lost shoe", published 1959 [ SSA chorus a cappella ], from Peacock Pie [sung text not yet checked]
- by James Oldfield Turner (1905 - ?), "The lost shoe", published 1959 [ satb chorus a cappella ] [sung text not yet checked]
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website: 2007-04-25
Line count: 44
Word count: 150